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Engineering launches Fellowships with partnering universities to increase diversity in engineering, technology

Two large banners hang across the front of the John Hodgins Engineering building,

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University has partnered with five other Ontario universities to release new fellowships to expand the pathways for Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering. Nationwide, Indigenous and Black Engineering faculty members are poorly represented. The Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships aim to address […]

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Nominations open for annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards

A group of people stand on a stage, with a graduate supervisor in the centre, holding her Grad Award certificate.

Has your supervisor played a pivotal role in your graduate experience? Perhaps one of your teaching assistants made a difference and deserves kudos for all that hare work. Do you know a grad student-athlete who has made an outstanding contribution as a team builder? Nominations are now open for the annual McMaster Graduate Student Recognition […]

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New MacDATA fellows ready to tease new insights out of complex data

Seven graduate students have received fellowships from McMaster’s MacDATA Institute to pursue interdisciplinary projects that apply data analysis, collection and curation methodologies to a number of areas, including water quality monitoring, children’s mental health outcomes and brain activity in PTSD, among others. […]

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Call open for MacDATA graduate fellowship

The advent of large collection of data and ensuing development in data analysis techniques has made collaboration between data scientists and content experts necessary for cutting-edge research. Furthermore, there is a need for trainees to be exposed to both aspects of such research, namely for data science trainees to learn about real life practical projects […]

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Applications open for Wilson Leadership Scholars

Wilson scholar Alyssia Jovellanos sits behind a desk. Two people sit in front of her, their backs are to the camera. One is motioning with her hands in the air.

The Wilson Leadership Scholar Award applications and nominations are open for both graduate and undergraduate students. While the award program is financially generous, at $25,000 for undergrads and up to $25,000 for graduate students, it also provides valuable experiences. “It was life changing. I wouldn’t be the same person had I not gone through the […]

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MIRA awards Mac researchers more than $500,000 for work in mobility and aging

Faculty members speak to students during a poster session.

Thirteen McMaster research projects, from every faculty and a wide range of disciplines, have received funding totalling more than $500,000 from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) and its affiliate Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. MIRA has awarded Labarge Catalyst grants totalling $240,000 to six interdisciplinary research proposals, each with team members […]

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Excellence in graduate community a focus for annual awards

Nominations for the 2017 Graduate Student Recognition Awardsclose on Tuesday, August 15, at 4 p.m.The annual awards celebrate the contributions of the graduate student community at McMaster.”The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the important work done by students, supervisors and staff here at McMaster” says Doug Welch, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.”Their efforts in the lecture halls, labs, on campus and in the broader Hamilton community, have a positive impact on so many aspects of life on campus and beyond.”This year a new award has been created to acknowledge contributions to the international graduate student community.”International students have challenges and needs that are unique. Over the years, we have seen so many outstanding grad students create opportunity and advocate for their international peers. This award is a more official recognition of such contributions” Welch says.The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to the International Graduate Student Community recognizes the significant impact of an individual graduate student on the experiences of international graduate students at McMaster. These contributions may be to the spirit, morale, cohesion, quality of life, or positive outcomes for graduate students. Up to three awards in this category will be given.The McMaster Graduate Students Association partners with Graduate Studies to deliver the awards.Nomination packages are now available for:President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate SupervisionDean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research is given to the top five Three Minute Thesis finalists from the 2017 competition in FebruaryGSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence AwardGSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic StaffTherese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics (GSA)Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster (GSA)GSA Millennium Award for Community ServiceTo learn more about GSA-sponsored awards, visit the GSA website.For more about the Graduate Studies awards, visit the Graduate Studies website.Winners receive certificates and a cash prize, which varies depending on the award. Recipients will be honoured at the Graduate Student Recognition Awards Reception in October.Nominations for the 2017 awards must be received no later than August 15, 4 p.m. Nomination packages should be emailed (details available on the nomination form) or may be delivered to the School of Graduate Studies, Gilmour Hall, Room 212. […]

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Celebrating excellence at the Graduate Student Recognition Awards

McMaster teaching assistant Madeleine Mant believes it’s important to engage students in the classroom. That’s why she aims to make every class just as exciting as the last.
It’s a fitting aspiration for Mant, who is one of six winners of this year’s Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.
She was joined by close to 150 students, supervisors and staff to celebrate the contributions of the graduate community at the 19th-annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards.
“I think it’s very important that students are engaged in the material, but it’s more than that. I want to inspire them to appreciate a subject even if it’s not the area that they are most interested in” says the anthropology PhD candidate.
When she was called to the podium to accept her certificate, Mant was thrilled — and a little choked up.
“It’s an incredible honour that felt a bit like winning a People’s Choice Award. It sounds silly, but the idea that a student was moved enough by my instruction, and the style of instruction particularly, was very heartening.”
The GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award honours the contributions of teaching assistants (TA) to undergraduate education at McMaster.
Nominated by undergraduate students, the TA’s are evaluated in numerous areas, from their enthusiasm for the subject to their communication skills.
Joining Mant for their important contributions as TA’s are Khaled Al-Kassimi, Saranya Amirthamanoharan, Hadi Eslami, Nick Randazzo and Natashya Wall.
2015 Graduate Student Recognition Award recipients:
President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Thomas Adams, Chemical Engineering
Mirna Carranza, School of Social Work
Rick Hackett, Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
Karin Humphreys, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Peter Rosenbaum, Rehabilitation Science
Lorraine York, English and Cultural Studies

The Dean’s Award for Graduate Student Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation

Melissa Tanti

GSA Award for Contributions by Non-Academic Staff

Elaine Whiskin

Therese Quigley Award of Excellence for Graduate Student Leadership in Athletics

Aaron Bailey

Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster

Elyse Rosa

GSA Millennium Award for Community Service

Pei Yu
A-Rum Choi

The annual awards are coordinated by the McMaster Graduate Students Association (GSA) and the School of Graduate Studies. […]

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Harvey Longboat Graduate Scholarship will honour Indigenous scholars

McMaster’s School of Graduate Studies has announced a new scholarship to encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to study at the graduate level. Students from First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities will be eligible for the $15,000 scholarship, named after Six Nation’s educator and Cayuga chief Harvey Longboat. The first award will be made for the 2010-2011 academic year. […]

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Anthropologist leaves gift, legacy to students days before her death

Shelly Saunders

Shelly Saunders made a donation to establish the Shelly Saunders Scholarship in Anthropology before her death in May 2008. File photo.
The legacy of internationally renowned anthropology professor Shelley Saunders, who spent her career teaching students how to solve the mysteries of the past, will be carried on thanks to a $547,250 gift to build the best anthropology program in the country.
Saunders died of cancer in May of this year, but days before her death, made the donation to establish the Shelley Saunders Scholarships in Anthropology, a lasting legacy for graduate students to give them the tools and resources they need to be the great thinkers and scientific detectives of our time.
“Shelley loved her students,” says her husband, Victor Koloshuk. “She particularly loved mentoring them and working very closely with them. She believed McMaster’s success as an international institution in anthropology meant attracting young, bright students and this gift would help them greatly.”
The formal announcement of Saunders’ gift will be made Thursday, November 6 at 5 p.m. before a room full of her friends and colleagues, in the West Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton. Earlier in the day, the Annual Meeting for the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, which is being held at the same venue, will pay tribute to her life’s work in a special symposium.
“Shelley was a leader in the field of skeletal biology and physical anthropology, and certainly a leader at McMaster,” says Peter George, president of the University. “She was admired for her innovative teaching methods and research skills, and her clear-eyed approach to her work. She distinguished herself academically: as the first biological anthropologist to be elected to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada, and to receive a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. This donation is a bittersweet one for us; we are truly grateful for such a generous gift, and deeply saddened that we cannot share this occasion with Shelley in person.”
Saunders was instrumental in the development of research at McMaster University. She initiated the Children and Childhood in Human Societies research network, founded and established the McMaster Ancient DNA Centre, and directed the expansion of the McMaster Anthropology Hard Tissue and Light Microscopy Laboratory.
Saunders was also frequently called upon by local police to lend her expertise and help solve difficult forensic cases. Under her tutelage, Saunders’ students also flourished. Some of them worked on high profile investigations, including the Robert Pickton investigation in British Columbia.
“Shelley’s life was anthropology and delving into the past,” says Koloshuk. “It is my hope that this gift might be something the students will rally around, that it will help get them really involved and bring them together for a common cause. Hopefully this is just the beginning.” […]

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